This delicate antique stick pin is made from brass and has a soft wash of 14 karat gold on it. It was made circa 1880 and is in great antique condition. The gold on this pin has a nice variety of colors to it: green yellow and rose, which add luminosity and highlights to the leaf. The leaf also has nice hand-engraved details such as lines and veins, which make the piece more realistic. The stem of the leaf twists around the end of the stick pin, which beautifully ends in a branch-like or stick form. This stick pin is really a beauty. It measures 2-1/4 inches in length and the leaf measures approximately 1 inch in size.
This stick pin would make a lovely gift of affection or token of friendship. Stick pins have a rich and interesting history. In the early and mid-1800s, it was customary for upper class men to wear tie pins to secure their cravats. Women also took interest in these ornamental pieces and began to procure them for themselves. They began wearing stick pins to tie their scarves, however, the functionality of these items quickly evolved. Soon enough, these pins were worn on the lapels of coats and incorporated into hats. Stick pins rose to prominence in the Victorian era. To this day, collectors from around the world seek antique stick pins for their ornate detail and beauty.